"God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him."
(1 Jn 4:16)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Family Ritual

When our first child was a toddler, I started to play what could be called the "I Love You Game".  I am still playing it with my little ones, today, and Finnian really likes it.  A couple of nights ago, he said, "Mommy, I love you."  I replied, "I love you, too, Finnian."  He responded, "I mean that I love your fingers and your toes and your tickles."  I knew what he wanted.   As I touched his head and then his toes, I told him, "I love you from your head to your toes and everything in between."   He laughed as I tickled his tummy.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:40 AM

    I love those little games. This reminds me of a blog post I read about a year ago. A mother had been horribly burned in an accident and after a lengthy hospital stay her littlest one didn't remember her until they started playing his little love game. I think these sweet little rituals wiggle their way into our childrens brains and touch their hearts forever.


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